The Night's Watch was originally a very prestiegous order and it was something that many chose to do freely, but after centuries of no further attacks from the Others and only battling wildlings the importance of this order faded, leaving it a shadow of it's former self. Creatures like the Others eventually became little more than myth and the Wall home for little more than a few petty criminals by the start of the books and show.
After the Long Night the remaining Children of the Forest slowly grew distant from the lands of men, retreating further into the depths of the forests and north of the Wall.
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